JR/SR Parent Information Night Follow recommended curriculum Prepare for SAT & ACT Begin researching major of study Research colleges Attend college night Visit college campuses Begin researching scholarship options Focus on graduation! Sign up and take ACT, SAT or other entrance exams Attend college night Collect letters of recommendation, transcripts, and other paperwork Complete college applications Apply for Financial Aid Apply for scholarships Narrow down your choices and visit campuses Apply for housing Reduce your stress – don’t wait until the last minute! Type of College Location Cost Major or Academic Department Selectivity Class Size Accreditation Housing Campus Life One of the best tools to research your college options will be the internet! SAT ACT 3 Hours 45 Minutes 3 Hours 25 Minutes No science section Includes science No trigonometry Includes trigonometry Includes essay Essay optional Guessing penalty No guessing penalty Math accounts for 33% of your score Math accounts for 25% of your score Questions follow order of difficulty Random question order “reasoning” based Content-based Big challenge: tricky questions, length Big challenge: time crunch www.collegeboard.org Register and pay online Upcoming test dates • December 6th, January 24th, March 14th, May 2nd, June 6th $51 Highest possible score - 2400 See your counselor if you think you may be eligible for a fee waiver (limited availability) www.actstudent.org/ Register and pay online Upcoming test dates • December 13th, February 7th, April 18th, June 13th $38.00 – No writing section $54.50 - with writing section Highest possible score - 36 See your counselor if you think you may be eligible for a fee waiver (limited availability) What are my options?? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbJ5 5UWMEFE&list=PL23B9A23CD8DD82DD Free to apply Used by most colleges Online application process Check your college of interest for deadlines Apply after January 1st www.fafsa.gov https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQxo rQ9s_pY Seniors: 1. Complete the Local Scholarship Application by visiting: http://www.mesquiteisd.org/students/scholarships/MEAScholarship.doc 2. View college scholarship information by visiting: http://www.mesquiteisd.org/students/scholarships/index.asp 3. Visit the Scholarship Bulletin Board in the PHS Counseling Center. -Check out the current list of scholarships. -Scroll through the Scholarship Notebook and cabinet archive. -Feel free to write down information or take copies if available. 4. Take some time visit college websites. They will have information specific to their school. We are here to help! Feel free to ask! Eligible courses are tuition waived A head start on postsecondary requirements Lowers the cost of college Extends variety of classes available to students Serves as a “controlled” introduction to college life Allows access to college facilities/activities Meet with your Counselor to see if you are eligible • Must be 16 and completed 10th grade Ms. Puckett will contact you to begin the registration process • Application • TSI test • Meningitis shot • Register for class www.applytexas.org Deadlines Requesting a transcript Letters of recommendation Entrance requirements YOU! Take time to research Know your deadlines Know the requirements Email or call your counselor if you have questions or need guidance • Mrs. Hartless, A-GRA • Mrs. Davis, GRE-NGY • Mrs. Morris, Ni-Z • Mrs. Wynn, CTE programs • Mrs. Puckett, College Readiness We are here to HELP with the process! Like Us Ralph H. Poteet High School Counseling Center Follow Us @Poteetcounselor Updated OFTEN! Check our monthly newsletter on the PHS Homepage!